Many professional HVAC installers recommend a heat pump split system for an economical and cost-effective method of heating and cooling homes. A heat pump system uses electricity to operate. The heat pump looks like a conventional condensing unit that sits outside the home. Inside the home is an Air Handler (This is sometimes called a fan coil or an electric furnace). A fan coil is exactly what it sounds like. It is a fan and a coil which moves the heat or air through the duct system throughout the house. There is usually an electric heating element installed in the fan coil. When temperatures are above 32 degrees, the fan coil, with its auxiliary electric heat will easily keep the home warm. When the temperatures drop below 32 degrees, the heat pump (outdoor unit) kicks in.
If you have ever walked past an air conditioner that was cooling a home, you probably noticed the hot air releasing from the unit. That is because the unit takes the outdoor air in, and the compressor and refrigerant cooled the air. It then pumped the cool air into the building and the hot air expels into the air. A heat pump operates the same way, with one very important difference. A heat pump can reverse the process. When it is in the heat mode, it replaces the cold air with hot air. The only power source is electricity. So to put it in simple terms when it is cold, it pumps in hot air. When it is hot, it pumps in cool air. This is a clean and efficient way to heat and cool a home.
There is one other important piece of equipment that all HVAC systems need and that is a thermostat. The thermostat senses the temperature in the building and that is what triggers the system to produce heat to maintain the temperature the homeowner chooses.
By taking the size of the building and several other factors into consideration, a professional HVAC company can determine when a heat pump system is ideal. In areas that have extreme winters, they may not recommend a heat pump system. However, normal winters are not a problem for a heat pump. A qualified HVAC technician can install a heat pump split system easily. Like any other HVAC system, heat pump systems require maintenance twice a year. Most recommend servicing a heat pump annually in the Spring and in the Fall. This ensures the system stays in good repair and ready to provide cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.
Homeowners that change their air filters regularly and keep their air vents clean and clear of furniture that could block the airflow have a longer system life. Please use a qualified HVAC professional for any internal cleaning and maintenance. Contact Nice Air LLC today for more information.